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Orioles blow big lead to lose high-scoring affair, 19-12, to Red Sox

Orioles blow big lead to lose high-scoring affair, 19-12, to Red Sox

How wide is the gulf between baseball’s worst team, the Orioles, and the best, the visiting Boston Red Sox?

So wide that the Red Sox’s 19-12 win Friday night at Camden Yards, which came after the Orioles led by five in the third inning, doesn’t even do it justice. All these two teams had in common Friday was the baseball — and that’s even with the Orioles’ 12 runs flattering to deceive.

They scored early and often because debuting center fielder Cedric Mullins, batting ninth, twice turned the lineup over to continue big four-run innings. They couldn’t stop Boston from scoring because they traded their best defenders and lost their best relievers to trades and...

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